1961 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

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1961 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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The 1961 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 13th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix season. The season consisted of eleven Grand Prix races in five classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and Sidecars 500cc. It began on 23 April, with Spanish Grand Prix and ended with Argentine Grand Prix on 15 October.

1961 Grand Prix season calendar[edit]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125cc winner 250cc winner 350cc winner 500cc winner Sidecars 500cc winner Report
1 23 April Spain Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc circuit Australia Tom Phillis Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Germany Fath / Wohlgemuth Report
2 14 May West Germany West German Grand Prix Hockenheimring East Germany Ernst Degner Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Czechoslovakia Frantisek Stastny Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Germany Deubel / Hörner Report
3 21 May France French Grand Prix Charade Circuit Australia Tom Phillis Australia Tom Phillis Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Switzerland Germany Scheidegger / Burkhardt Report
4 12 June United Kingdom Isle of Man TT Snaefell Mountain United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Germany Deubel / Hörner Report
5 24 June Netherlands Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen Australia Tom Phillis United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Germany Deubel / Hörner Report
6 2 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Switzerland Luigi Taveri Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Switzerland Germany Scheidegger / Burkhardt Report
7 30 July East Germany East German Grand Prix Sachsenring East Germany Ernst Degner United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Report
8 12 August Ulster Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod Circuit Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Scotland Bob McIntyre Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Report
9 3 September Italy Nations Grand Prix Monza East Germany Ernst Degner Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Report
10 17 September Sweden Swedish Grand Prix Kristianstad Switzerland Luigi Taveri United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Czechoslovakia Frantisek Stastny Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Report
11 15 October Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires Australia Tom Phillis Australia Tom Phillis Argentina Jorge Kissling Report

Standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race. Only the best of six races were counted in 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc championships, while in the Sidecars, the best of four were counted.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

500cc final standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike GER
Germany
FRA
France
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
DDR
East Germany
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
SWE
Sweden
ARG
Argentina
Pts
1 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking MV Agusta 1 1 Ret 1 1 1 1 Ret 1 48 (56)
2 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Norton / MV Agusta 4 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 40 (55)
3 United Kingdom Frank Perris Norton 2 5 Ret Ret 3 3 16
4 Scotland Bob McIntyre Norton 2 3 3 14
5 Scotland Alistair King Norton 4 3 2 Ret 13
6 Austria Bert Schneider Norton 18 Ret 3 5 4 9
7 Argentina Jorge Kissling Matchless 1 8
8 United Kingdom Ron Langston Matchless 5 5 4 Ret 7
9 Argentina Juan Carlos Salatino Norton 2 6
10 South Africa Paddy Driver Norton Ret Ret 6 Ret 3 5
11 Canada Mike Duff Matchless 14 4 10 5 5
12 Germany Hans-Günter Jäger BMW / Norton 3 8 4
13 Australia Tom Phillis Norton 3 Ret 4
14 France Antoine Paba Norton 3 4
15 Australia John Farnsworth Matchless / Norton 38 4 9 Ret 3
16 United Kingdom Phil Read Norton Ret 4 Ret 3
17 Switzerland Gyula Marsovszky Norton 4 Ret 3
18 Italy Alberto Pagani Norton 4 3
= Argentina Juan Perkins Norton 4 3
20 Australia Jack Findlay Norton DNS DNS 8 5 8 6 Ret 3
21 Germany Ernst Hiller BMW / Matchless 5 19 Ret 11 Ret 2
22 United Kingdom Derek Chatterton Norton 20 5 2
23 Switzerland Fritz Masserli Matchless 5 44 2
24 Argentina Eduardo Salatino Norton 5 2
25 New Zealand Peter Pawson Matchless / Norton 8 Ret 7 6 1
26 Germany Roland Föll Matchless 8 6 Ret 11 1
27 Germany Lothar John BMW 6 10 14 9 10 1
28 Australia Ron Miles Norton 12 6 NEL 1
29 Northern Ireland Tom Thorp Norton 13 6 1
30 Finland Anssi Resko Norton / Matchless 6 11 1
31 Uruguay Horacio Costas Norton 6 1
= United Kingdom Tony Godfrey Norton 6 1
33 Germany Karl Hoppe Norton Ret 7 11 7 0
34 Northern Ireland Tommy Robb Matchless Ret 7 8 0
35 United Kingdom Roy Ingram Norton 7 10 Ret 0
36 United Kingdom Vernon Cottle Norton 7 21 11 12 0
37 Austria Rudi Thalhammer Norton 11 7 0
38 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Tommy Robinson Norton 7 Ret 0
39 Belgium Raphaël Orinel Norton 7 0
40 Australia Trevor Pound Norton 8 9 0
41 France Jacques Insermini Norton 12 11 Ret 8 Ret 0
42 France Louis Bernagozzi Norton 8 0
43 Germany Rudolf Gläser Norton Ret Ret 15 9 Ret 0
44 Austria Edy Lenz Norton 45 9 0
45 United Kingdom Ellis Boyce Norton 9 Ret 0
46 France Rene Goetz BSA 9 0
= Germany Klaus Hamelmann Norton 9 0
48 Germany Heinz Kauert Matchless 10 Ret 0
= Germany Toni Schmitz Norton Ret Ret 10 0
50 France Georges Comy Norton 10 0
= United Kingdom Fred Stevens Norton 10 0
= Italy Roberto Vigorito Norton 10 0
53 United Kingdom Peter Horton Norton 11 Ret 0
= United Kingdom Jack Bullock Norton 11 0
55 United Kingdom Alf Shaw Norton 41 12 0
56 United Kingdom Geoffrey Tanner Norton Ret Ret 12 0
57 United Kingdom Dan Shorey Norton Ret 12 0
58 Germany Joachim Claus Norton 12 0
= Switzerland Bruno Hofmann Norton 12 0
= Italy Benedetto Zambotti Gilera 12 0
61 Netherlands Anton Elbersen BMW 13 0
= Sweden Sven-Olov Gunnarsson Norton 13 0
= Northern Ireland Tommy Holmes Matchless 13 0
= Italy Emanuele Maugliani Gilera 13 0
= East Germany Johannes Müller Norton 13 0
= Belgium Jules Nies Norton 13 0
67 Netherlands Joop Vegelzang Norton 14 15 0
68 Sweden Bror-Erland Carlsson Matchless / AJS Ret 14 0
69 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Alfonz Breznik Gilera 14 0
= Northern Ireland Jimmy Jones Norton 14 0
71 Northern Ireland John Brown Norton 15 0
= United Kingdom Anthony Horton Norton 15 0
= United Kingdom Brian Setchell Norton 15 0
74 Northern Ireland Campbell Donaghy BSA 16 0
= United Kingdom Derek Powell Matchless 16 0
76 Northern Ireland Martin Brosnan Norton 17 0
= United Kingdom Bill Smith Matchless 17 0
78 United Kingdom Dennis Craig Matchless 37 18 0
79 United Kingdom George Catlin Matchless 19 0
80 Northern Ireland Billy McCosh Matchless 22 0
81 United Kingdom Monty Buxton Norton 23 0
82 United Kingdom Don Chapman Norton 24 Ret 0
83 United Kingdom Mike O'Rourke Norton 25 0
84 Republic of Ireland George Purvis Matchless 26 0
85 United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler Matchless 27 0
86 United Kingdom Harold Riley BSA 28 0
87 United Kingdom Den Jarman AJS 29 0
88 United Kingdom Derek Minter Norton 30 0
89 United Kingdom Louis Carr Norton 31 0
90 United Kingdom Alan Dugdale Matchless 32 0
91 United Kingdom Ronald Cousins Norton 33 0
92 United Kingdom Geoff Eccles BSA 34 0
93 Canada Dave Wildman AJS 35 0
94 Sweden Billy Andersson AJS 36 0
95 United Kingdom Albert Moule Norton 39 0
96 United Kingdom Bill Robertson AJS 40 0
97 United Kingdom John Simmonds Matchless 42 0
98 United Kingdom Maurice Gittins Norton 43 0
- New Zealand Hugh Anderson Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom John Hartle Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland William Van Leeuwen Norton Ret Ret Ret 0
- Germany Hans Pesl Norton Ret Ret 0
- United Kingdom Chris Anderson Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom R. Bennett Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Richard Brinnand Norton Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Ralph Bryans Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Roly Capner BSA Ret 0
- United States Fred Chase Norton Ret 0
- Italy Artemio Cirelli Gilera Ret 0
- Italy Gianfranco Demeniconi Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Graham Downes Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Peter Evans Matchless Ret 0
- United Kingdom Harry Grant BSA Ret 0
- Germany Alois Huber BMW Ret 0
- Northern Ireland Len Ireland Norton Ret 0
- France Pierre James Norton Ret 0
- Italy Vasco Loro Norton Ret 0
- Italy Giuseppe Mantelli Gilera Ret 0
- United Kingdom Peter Middleton Norton Ret 0
- Italy Gilberto Milani Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom George Northwood Norton Ret 0
- Germany Karl Recktenwald Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Ralph Rensen Norton Ret 0
- Austria Ladislaus Richter Norton Ret 0
- Italy Renzo Rossi Gilera Ret 0
- United Kingdom Derek Russell Norton Ret 0
- Germany Walter Scheimann Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Douglas Smith Matchless Ret 0
- Australia Graham Smith Norton Ret 0
- United Kingdom Lewis Young Norton Ret 0
Pos Rider Bike GER
Germany
FRA
France
MAN
United Kingdom
HOL
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
DDR
East Germany
ULS
Ulster
NAC
Italy
SWE
Sweden
ARG
Argentina
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

350cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Rhodesia MV Agusta 32 4
2 Czechoslovakia Frantisek Stastny Czechoslovakia Jawa 26 2
3 Czechoslovakia Gustav Havel Czechoslovakia Jawa 19 0
4 United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom Norton 13 1
5 United Kingdom Bob McIntyre United Kingdom Bianchi 10 0
6 Austria Rudi Thalhammer Austria Norton 7 0
= United Kingdom Ralph Rensen United Kingdom Norton 7 0
8 United Kingdom Alistair King United Kingdom Bianchi 6 0
= United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom MV Agusta 6 0
10 Italy Ernesto Brambilla Italy Bianchi 5 0
= United Kingdom Alan Shepherd United Kingdom AJS 5 0
12 United Kingdom Tommy Robb United Kingdom AJS 4 0
13 United Kingdom Derek Minter United Kingdom Norton 3 0
14 West Germany Hans Pesl West Germany Norton 2 0
= Italy Silvio Grassetti Italy Benelli 2 0
= United Kingdom Ron Langston United Kingdom AJS 2 0
17 United Kingdom Frank Perris United Kingdom Norton 2 0
= Canada Mike Duff Canada AJS 2 0
19 United Kingdom Roy Ingram United Kingdom Norton 1 0
= Austria Bert Schneider Austria Norton 1 0
= New Zealand Hugh Anderson New Zealand Norton 1 0

250cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom Honda 44 4
2 Australia Tom Phillis Australia Honda 38 2
3 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman Rhodesia Honda 36 2
4 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Japan Honda 29 1
5 United Kingdom Bob McIntyre United Kingdom Honda 14 1
6 Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy Morini 10 0
7 Italy Silvio Grassetti Italy Benelli 10 0
8 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Gary Hocking Rhodesia MV Agusta 8 1
9 Japan Fumio Ito Japan Yamaha 7 0
10 Switzerland Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 6 0
11 United Kingdom Alan Shepherd United Kingdom MZ 6 0
= Czechoslovakia Frantisek Stastny Czechoslovakia Jawa 6 0
13 East Germany Ernst Degner East Germany MZ 3 0
= Japan Sadao Shimazaki Japan Honda 3 0
15 East Germany Hans Fischer East Germany MZ 3 0
16 Japan Naomi Taniguchi Japan Honda 2 0
17 United Kingdom Dan Shorey United Kingdom NSU 1 0
= Japan Yoshikazu Sunako Japan Yamaha 1 0
= East Germany Werner Musiol East Germany MZ 1 0

125cc Standings[edit]

Place Rider Number Country Machine Points Wins
1 Australia Tom Phillis Australia Honda 44 4
2 East Germany Ernst Degner East Germany MZ 42 3
3 Switzerland Luigi Taveri Switzerland Honda 29 2
4 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Jim Redman Rhodesia Honda 28 0
5 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Japan Honda 24 1
6 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood United Kingdom EMC / Honda 16 1
7 United Kingdom Alan Shepherd United Kingdom MZ 12 0
8 East Germany Walter Brehme East Germany MZ 7 0
9 Japan Teisuke Tanaka Japan Honda 6 0
10 Japan Sadao Shimazaki Japan Honda 5 0
= East Germany Werner Musiol East Germany MZ 5 0
12 East Germany Hans Fischer East Germany MZ 3 0
= United Kingdom Phil Read United Kingdom EMC 3 0
= Hungary László Szabó Hungary MZ 3 0
15 United Kingdom John Grace United Kingdom Bultaco 2 0
= Sweden Ulf Svensson Sweden Ducati 2 0
= Japan Naomi Taniguchi Japan Honda 2 0
18 United Kingdom Rex Avery United Kingdom EMC 2 0
19 Spain Ricardo Quintanilla Spain Bultaco 1 0
= United Kingdom Ralph Rensen United Kingdom Bultaco 1 0
= Argentina Héctor Pochettino Argentina Bultaco 1 0

References[edit]